Monthly Archives: March 2012

Stramaccioni takes over from Ranieri but who is best for the new Inter project?

After the 2-0 defeat to our old enemy Juventus the writing was on the wall for Claudio Ranieri and Massimo Moratti was left with no choice but to replace his head coach for the second time this season.  His choice of Andrea Stramaccioni as caretaker may be one of the best decisions he has ever made.  Time will tell!

As I’ve said many times this season a new project and philosophy for Inter is crucial for the club’s future and the appointment of our new head scout, Valentino Angeloni from Udinese, has sent clear signals to the rest of the football world that this time Inter are going to be doing whatever is needed to move the club forward.  But what about the position within the club that is arguably the most important to the performance side of the club, the head coach?   Read the rest of this entry

Inter and the start of the ‘Stramala’ Era

It’s been a rollercoaster season for Inter and their fans.  After a glorious winning cycle that saw the club claim 15 titles (5 Scudetti, 4 Coppe Italia, 4 Supercoppe Italiane, a Champions League and a Clubs World Cup), the club is set to finish the season empty handed for the first time in 7 years .
Back in the summer of 2011, Brazilian coach Leonardo decided to leave the club unexpectedly after receiving a lucrative offer from French giants PSG when he only was in charge for 6 months. The club, who have already appointed the former Milan midfielder, after sacking José Mourinho’s replacement Rafael Benítez, found itself looking for another man to lead the ‘World Champions’ at the time. After a month or so of painful search that saw them being linked to the likes of Fabio Capello, Siniša Mihajlović, Marcelo Bielsa, and Luciano Spalletti, the club finally decided to go with former Juventus Primavera and Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini, and this is where the disastrous journey started.

Why I think Andre Villas-Boas is the man to lead the Inter revolution

This summer is going to be the beginning of a new project for Inter, the start of bringing the La Grande Inter days back to Milan. One of the first moves this summer will be a managerial appointment.

Amongst the list of names being considered is Andre Villas-Boas.

Who is Andre?

Andre was born in Portugal and is 35 this year. I remember reading about Andre when people started to take notice of his Porto. One great story I read, when Andre was a young teenager living in Porto, he lived in the same building as Sir Bobby Robson. Andre being a big Porto fan decided to send a letter to Sir Bobby questioning his decision making on some of the team selection. When Sir Bobby asked for something to back up those words Andre provided great detail as to why certain players should play more than others. Andre at the age of 14 provided statistics and analysed the performance of the Porto players. To put this in to context this was the early 90’s, stats and analytical programmes and websites were largely non existent.

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SerieA: Juventus 2-0 Inter, The Nerazzurri lose another Derby d’Italia

Inter’s week 29 2011/12 Serie A match away for the first time at the new Juventus stadium didn’t end as I was hoping it would. Even though I knew our chances in this match were slim at best, considering the difference in form this season between the Bianconeri and the Nerazzurri, I still held on to that faint glimmer of hope that Inter could be the first team this season to hand our old enemy a defeat.
Of course that was asking too much of Claudio Ranieri and our aged team and even though we didn’t manage to beat them we did put up a good fight and make them work hard for their win.
Ranieri opted for his 4-4-2 formation for the game with just two changes from the squad that flopped against Atalanta last week, bringing in Dejan Stankovic in place of Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Forlan partnering Diego Milito instead of Giampaolo Pazzini. New boy Fredy Guarin made another step towards his debut and was picked to sit on the bench as one of the back up brigade.
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UCL: Inter 2-1 Olympique Marseille agg 2-2, Nerazzurri knocked out by late away goal

After Inter’s superb win against Chievo last Friday evening and with Marseille losing yet again in their own league the stage was set for the Nerazzurri to turn around the 1-0 first leg defeat.   The plan was to show the French side the strength and resolve that Inter has to turn around results like these in front of a packed Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, using the same lineup that produced a winning display in Verona Claudio Ranieri expected his squad to come out fighting and take the game to the visitors.

The reality though was that from the kickoff Marseille looked as though they weren’t happy to just defend their one goal aggregate lead and wanted the away goal to sure up their position ahead of Inter.  Less than ten minutes in to the game it looked like Inter would level things off as captain Javier Zanetti took the ball in to the box cutting it back for Wesley Sneijder who just had to chip it in to a fairly open net but instead he hit it low straight in to the goalkeepers body much to the surprise of everyone watching the match.

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Serie A: Chievo 0-2 Inter, Samuel and Milito Secure 104th Birthday Win

What a great week it has been for me and all Interisti, starting with the 2-2 comeback last week against Catania where we started to see sparks of the Inter we all know and love, then in the midweek I was honoured and proud to see that both Bedy Moratti & Inter themselves had mentioned Nerazzurri World on Twitter. Then as we celebrated Inter’s 104th Birthday the Nerazzurri secured their first win since the Lazio game back on the 22nd January.

This game saw the return of both Dejan Stankovic and Maicon to the starting line up and Claudio Ranieri opted for another try with the 4-3-1-2 formation. the lineup was fairly unsurprising with him going with our strongest back four of Maicon, Lucio, Walter Samuel and Yuto Nagatomo. The three man midfield consisted of Javier Zanetti, Dejan Stankovic and Andrea Poli, personally I would’ve left Stankovic out and brought in Marco Davide Faraoni to play on the right with Zanetti in the center but I’m not Inter’s head coach so we have to respect Ranieri’s decisions. The attack was exactly as I would’ve chosen with Wesley Sneijder behind the partnership of the two Diegos Forlan and Milito, this set up works well in my opinion as Forlan can drop deeper and wider to create more chances for Milito unlike Giampaolo Pazzini who like I’ve said many times is too similar to ‘El Principe’ and is purely a box player.

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Happy 104th Birthday Inter from the Nerazzurri World Inter Family

The 9th March is a very special date for all us Interisti, it’s the date back in 1908 when a group of people created the greatest football team in the world as they broke away from that other Milan team to become a multi ethnic team with players from all around the world, a tradition that still stands true to this day.  Not only is it the players that come from all corners of the world but also the fans, who are so dedicated to our beloved Nerazzurri that they stay awake all night to watch the matches and show their support to the mighty Inter.  So to all the people that insist on moaning that Inter hasn’t many Italian players, that’s exactly what we’re about!
We are FC INTERNAZIONALE!!!

So on behalf of the entire Nerazzurri World Inter Family I’d like to wish Inter a very happy 104th Birthday and say a huge thank you for all the wonderful memories you have given your fans over the years.

Through the good times and the bad we will always stay loyal, stand strong and proud under the blue & black banner of Inter.

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SerieA: Inter 2-2 Catania, Is it too little too late for Ranieri?

The week 26 match against Catania at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza was being considered a last chance saloon for Claudio Ranieri and just to add more pressure to the Italian coach’s situation, earlier in the day the man most people are touting as his replacement, Andre Villas-Boas, was dismissed from Chelsea FC after an unconvincing season in the English Premier League.

Ranieri himself must have realised he really is close to losing his job as for this match he decided to return to his winning formula of the 4-4-2 formation, opting to put our under fire trequartista Wesley Sneijder on the bench instead of risking once again playing him behind the strikers.  Also despite being called up to the initial squad, Claudio decided to play it safe and drop Maicon from the match squad completely as he is still feeling some discomfort in his knee that was injured in the Champions league match against Marseille.

This meant that Javier Zanetti and Yuto Nagatomo took up the full back positions either side of Lucio and Walter Samuel, this is all well and good apart from he started Zanetti as left back and Nagatomo in his weaker rightback position.  This of course is from the coach that has publicly said in the past that he’s not convinced by Zanetti as left back?!?  New boy Juan Jesus took a step towards making his debut but unfortunately spent the entire match on the bench, this was a disappointment to me as I’m looking forward to seeing what the Brazilian defender can do, and there were times during the match where a quicker defender would have been very useful for Inter.

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Internazionale February Review

How it can all change in a month.
How can you evaluate the month just gone. At times we lacked a little luck, at times we lacked confidence lacked quality but to be honest it was quite a pathetic effort by some. If your leaving or want to leave then that’s fine but give your all until that time comes. And I mention Wes purely because I expect a lot more from him one because of his quality and two because how much he’s paid. His body language tells a story and one game in February he had 13 shots on goal, read into that an I truly feel he lost the desire and is playing for himself. A lot of players are not performing and by no means is Wes to blame but he’s paid a lot for a reason, I just haven’t seen that reason for a while.

The results from February

29th February: Inter 4-4 Palermo

As the typical statement goes a great advertisement for exciting Calcio and a great game for a neutral, shame I wasn’t a neutral. Once again Milito was outstanding how you score 4 at home and still don’t win I’m not quite sure. Why and how did we throw this result away, poor goalkeeping an defensive balance, Miccoli an Palermo seemed to walk right through our defence an knock the ball into the far post. I rate Caesar but his positioning and ability to defend his goal from shots go across is awful.

Read the Don’s analysis of Inter v Palermo HERE

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